Treatment Options for Cataracts
Treatment options for cataracts include traditional surgery and newer techniques like laser-assisted and minimally invasive surgery. Your eye doctor can recommend the best option based on your needs. Don't let cataracts affect your quality of life – explore treatment options today.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common eye condition that cause clouding of the natural lens in the eye, leading to blurry or hazy vision. They occur when proteins in the lens start to clump together, making it less transparent and interfering with the passage of light to the retina. Cataracts can develop slowly over time and may not initially cause noticeable symptoms, but they can eventually lead to significant vision loss if left untreated. They are most commonly associated with aging, but can also be caused by injury, genetics, certain medications, and other factors.
What causes Cataracts?
The most common type of cataract is related to the aging of the eye. Causes of cataracts include:
- Family history
- Medical problems such as diabetes
- Injury to the eye
- Medications; especially steroids
- Long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight
- Previous eye surgery
How are Cataracts treated?
Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. No medications, dietary supplements or exercises have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts.
When should surgery be done?
Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough vision loss to interfere with your daily activities. Based on your symptoms you and your ophthalmologist should decide together when surgery is appropriate.
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